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Unread 01-21-2013, 09:53 AM   #1
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Homemade J-truck Camper Shell (pic heavy)

Had been looking everywhere for a camper shell for my 76 J10 shortbed. I could find NOTHING!
Had an extra 79 Cherokee Chief (I know it was in good condition, but nobody wanted it)

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Unread 01-21-2013, 09:55 AM   #2
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Unread 01-21-2013, 09:57 AM   #3
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Unread 01-21-2013, 10:05 AM   #4
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I cut off the top right below the seam where it goes back out under the windows. I cut it at a decent angle, with the inside cut being much lower than the outside, as the roof piece extends inches below the top of the side piece. I cut across the roof in about the middle of the doors (I measured like 15 times, but don't remember it now)

Once I got the roof off, I drilled out the spotwelds holding the side piece to the roof piece. I then attached s5' 2"x2" 16ga angle to the bottoms of the sides of the roof, starting at the rear. I had to trim some of the angle to clear the windows, as the bottom of the sides of the roof piece have a slant to them (Which I transferred to the camper shell. I attached it with tek screws (5/16 drive, #10?, 3/4", self-tapping). At the front, I finished framing the sides, and framed the front with 1"x1" 16ga angle.

The gaps in the sides I filled with some 24g I had laying around. I am still not sure what I want to put here. Would like to make it openable for access to the bed. I filled in the front with some strips of 16g. Pics in a bit.

I was moving out of state the day I finished it, so I scabbed in a back window from a trailer. No pics because it was nasty. Have the parts now to put on the same window, but with a lift hinge. Had to do some nasty stuff with the back corners to get the support I wanted, but will re-do that.
Also have a slider window for the front that I will install.
I used funnoodles as the cab-cap gasket.
Moved the furthest forward roof support beam forward a couple inches.

Ended up having to hack in a bunch of finishes, since I was moving the next day. Have been here just over a year, with no access to a welder, so no work done on the cap. I'm gonna pull off the angle from the sides, cut it nicely, and weld it back on. I also have some more welding to do at the front where the roof meets the 16g I put across the front.

Then it's just a couple decisions as to the back window, and what I wanna do on the front of the sides.
more to come...
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Unread 01-21-2013, 10:06 AM   #5
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Groovy, very fine work, and now you have a convertible chief!
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Unread 01-21-2013, 10:12 AM   #6
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Going to cry! I would have bought it

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Unread 01-21-2013, 10:20 AM   #7
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Groovy, very fine work, and now you have a convertible chief!
Unfortunately, the body did not survive the surgery. Had to remove too much to get the whole roof piece out. Sides of chief floppped around like butter

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Going to cry! I would have bought it
Believe me, I felt bad. It had no engine and nobody wanted it. Tried parting it out, couldn't even sell the w/t axles.

But between my truck and the brown jeep in the pics, at least half of it still lives on
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Unread 01-21-2013, 10:24 AM   #8
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Unfortunately, the body did not survive the surgery. Had to remove too much to get the whole roof piece out. Sides of chief floppped around like butter

Believe me, I felt bad. It had no engine and nobody wanted it. Tried parting it out, couldn't even sell the w/t axles.

But between my truck and the brown jeep in the pics, at least half of it still lives on
Ok ( that makes me feel better ) you should put an engine in it and make a nice trail jeep

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Unread 01-21-2013, 10:55 AM   #9
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Hey do you have the chief badges?

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Unread 01-21-2013, 10:56 AM   #10
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here's the 16g on the front of it, and the window for the back.

So far, total budget of $0 (will keep it at that until I paint it)

And, after I cut the roof off the chief, took out the interior (went in brown jeep), and sold one of the rear axleshafts, picknpull came and picked it up, and gave me $200! A week later when I saw it in the yard, it was fenderless, doorless, and axleless.
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here's the 16g on the front of it, and the window for the back.

So far, total budget of $0 (will keep it at that until I paint it)

And, after I cut the roof off the chief, took out the interior (went in brown jeep), and sold one of the rear axleshafts, picknpull came and picked it up, and gave me $200! A week later when I saw it in the yard, it was fenderless, doorless, and axleless.
Where are you I need a fender, I said do you have the chief badges

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Unread 01-21-2013, 11:06 AM   #12
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I'm in AZ, that jeep was in NV. The badges went to the brown jeep. Which I now regret, as my 77 needs a badge.
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I'm in AZ, that jeep was in NV. The badges went to the brown jeep. Which I now regret, as my 77 needs a badge.
Oh I need badges! Send them to me!

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Unread 01-21-2013, 03:33 PM   #14
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Oh goodness, that poor cherokee!


Looks like a neat shell though.
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Unread 06-27-2013, 10:42 PM   #15
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Finally got a welder and start welding everything together. So far, the rail on one side is welded, and 2/3 ground. I'm not so good at welding yet.

Pics tomorrow.
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